Sarlacc83 wrote:Gastown on the north side of downtown touristy and a little rundown. However, there's a little place called the Alibi Room which is awesome for beer geeks up there. Get some Driftwood Brewing beer. Good stuff. (And pick up some Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter for the missus). I would stick to the south side near Granville island. Rent some bikes and ride along the Seawall. Make sure to hit up the Vancouver aquarium. If you desire to kill yourself through exercise, do the Grouse Grind. Also, the sea to sky highway (I think that's what it's called. CAN?) has some of the best vistas I've ever seen and is worth the drive up to Whistler.
Yup, sea to sky highway is the one. Hwy 99 officially. Nice drive. Much safer too since they redid it all for the Olympics.
Seawall is dope. I work a block away from it and walk that bitch a few times a week (lived here my whole life and never done the grind though...lol) Gastown's kinda cool. It was the original Townsite of vancouver and many of the old buildings are still intact. Cobblestone streets and all that crap, kinda like pioneer square I suppose. Just be careful though, you transition from quaint and historical to homeless and heroin addicted really fricking fast with no real warning. If checking out Gastown, Steamworks is a pretty cool brew pub.
Chinatown is just adjacent to Gastown, but you have to traverse bumtown to get to it. Worth the trip though, get yourself some dried sea monkies to make your pee pee hard. Granville island is cool, kinda like a mini pike Place, but it's a bloody tourist trap. Everything is hella expensive.
Hit me up if you're planning a trip. I'll show you where the good poutine is!